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Biltmore Village Dickens Festival & Biltmore Estate Christmas Celebrations

November 23rd, 2013 by Stacy Shelley

Looking for ways to put some nostalgic holiday fun into your next visit to Asheville?  Then don’t miss the enchanting display of lights and ornaments at the Biltmore Estate this Christmas.   Experience a magical visit to Biltmore during their Candlelight Christmas Evenings November 9 – January 4th. Take a stroll by firelight and candlelight and enjoy the bmcbeautiful display of over 50 Christmas trees and hundreds of poinsettias displayed throughout the estate.

To help you get into the holiday spirit there will also be choirs singing European carols, vintage ballroom dancers, and dramatic Christmas readings. The Front Lawn of the Biltmore House sets the scene with a sparkling holiday illumination of evergreens bathed in thousands of twinkling lights.

Candlelight evening ticket prices includes daytime admission to the estate grounds, winery, gardens and Riverbend Farm and nighttime admission to the Biltmore House Candlelight Evenings (by reservation only).  Book online at www.biltmore.com 7 to 14 days in advance and take advantage of discounted ticket prices.

For more holiday festivities in Asheville, join the revelry at the Biltmore Village Dickens Christmas Festival. Horse drawn carriage rides and period dressed carolers make this a very special holiday weekend December 6-8th.  Put these festive Asheville events on your must-do-list while visiting our Bed and Breakfast in Asheville this holiday season. For Inn reservations, call 888.811.3053.

New Edison at Grove Park Inn Delivers Innovative Dining

November 15th, 2013 by Stacy Shelley

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Image by Carolina Epicurean

In late July of this year the Omni Grove Park revamped its in house restaurant and opened the new Edison Craft Ales + Kitchen. The restaurant’s new look is eclectic and lively, with much of the ceiling light provided by Edison-esque looking light bulbs – nodding to the Inn’s history; Thomas Edison was a regular summer guest there in the early nineteen hundreds.  One thing that hasn’t changed is the scenic views and amazing sunsets at this top-notch restaurant overlooking the city of Asheville. The restaurant has an enclosed section as well outdoors seating. The restaurant features large fireplaces and comfy couches and chairs to lounge inn as you sip wine or eat dinner.

Although the look and the name are new, the food and spirits featured on the menu continue to honor the local flavor and attitude of the region. The chic but casual restaurant carries ten North Carolina beers on tap, including several local ones. If you’re a beer lover, don’t miss the Centennial Pale Ale with a bit of hoppy spice and citrus undertones. The house beer is brewed exclusively for the Grove Park by Asheville’s own Highland Brewing Company.

If you haven’t been yet, you’ll quickly discover that the Edison’s menu is full of southern comfort food with a distinctively Ashevillian twist.  The oysters and cured meats are all fresh and fantastic with many items sourced locally. Everything we tasted was delicious without being overwhelmingly large or over the top. The deep fried egg with lamb and the prawns with red chili marmalade were both delicious! So the next time you venture out on the town to try something new in Asheville, put the Edison on your to-do-list. It’s well worth the trip.

The Edison is a short ten minute drive from our Asheville Bed & Breakfast. For more information or reservations at Pinecrest Inn, visit www.pinecrestbb.com or give us a call 888.811.3053. We look forward to seeing you soon.

 

12th Annual Weaverville Art Safari

October 26th, 2013 by Stacy Shelley

art safari 2013It’s time again for the 12th Annual Weaverville Art Safari, a self-guided tour of local artists’ studios that yields a wide array of art forms – from painting, to furniture, pottery, stained glass and more. The event takes place from 10 am- 6 pm, Saturday and Sunday, November 2-3rd.  There are over 30 artists participating in this year’s event, just a short ten minute drive North of Asheville.

Want to get in on the action early? Join guests at a special preview party hosted at the Weaverville Town Hall on Friday, April 26. The fun starts at 7 p.m. and includes live music, door prizes, heavy hors d’oeuvres, desserts, and more. The party includes a silent auction featuring beautiful works of art donated by participating artists. Event tickets are $10 at the door, with additional door prize tickets available for $5 each.

Need more information about events in and around Asheville, NC? Ask your Innkeepers Stacy and Janna at the Pinecrest Inn Bed & Breakfast. We’re always happy to help suggest fun things to see and do. To check our Asheville Inn rates and room availability visit www.pincrestbb.com.

Asheville Bed & Breakfast Honors Vets with Free Rooms on November 11, 2013

September 18th, 2013 by Stacy Shelley

B&B guest roomIn honor of Veteran’s Day, Pinecrest Bed and Breakfast is proud to honor our distinguished men and women in the armed services, active or retired with a special offer! On Monday, November 11, 2013, all veterans can stay for FREE in five of our select Asheville B&B guest rooms (based on room availability). Bring your spouse or special someone and enjoy our hospitality. Offer valid until November 12, 2013.

More than  800 inns nationwide are expected to participate by offering a free night’s lodging to thank veterans for their service. Visit www.pinecrestbb.com for more information or for Asheville inn reservations call 888-811-3053 or click here for room availability.

The B&Bs for Vets program started in 2008 when Kathleen Panek, co-owner of the Gillum House B&B (http://www.gillumhouse.com/) and a handful of other innkeepers in West Virginia opened their doors to veterans in honor of Veteran’s Day. The program grew in popularity among innkeepers, and last year more than 750 inns in the US and Canada participated by offering free rooms to vets.

Our Favorite Vegan Hash or Veggie Hash with Egg Recipe

September 4th, 2013 by Stacy Shelley

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Potatoes from Full Sun Farm

It seems like I do a lot of blogging about food but what can I say, I have a passion for food, especially fresh from the farm food. Last week I had many guests with certain dietary needs. Rather than make a bunch of ingredient substitutions or several different breakfasts, I decided to be bold and make one breakfast that would make everyone happy. And when I saw the beautiful variety of potatoes my friend and go-to local organic farmer, Alex Brown from Full Sun Farm had at market…my mind screamed a veggie hash with an egg or not on top.

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Vegan Hash

I grabbed a hand full each of gorgeous Green Mountain, German Butterball, Papa Cacho and Russian Banana Fingerlings, some yellow onions, Red Rosa di Milano onions, red peppers, fresh basil and divine Cherokee Purple tomatoes. Unfortunately, Alex did not have any kale so I had to visit our local grocery store for some baby kale, assorted mushrooms and avocados. I also picked up some seeded bread from City Bakery for toast. I have found that not everyone is a fan of mushrooms, so I always check and if there is an objection, I just move some of the sautéed onions to a separate pan continue with the recipe omitting the mushroom step.

Honestly, I couldn’t wait to make breakfast the next morning. There are some meals you just get really excited about and this one is by far one of my very favorites. It also gets raving reviews from my guests. I am including the recipe and some pictures with this blog. Here at our Asheville Bed and Breakfast we are happy to share all our recipes with our guests. Keep in mind, I have done my best to estimate the measurements, but really I just eye it.

Although I had 8 folks for this breakfast last week, I have reduced the recipe to 4 servings.

  • 2 1/2 lbs assorted small potatoes cubed
  • 1 red pepper diced
  • 2 small onions sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • Several sprigs of chopped thyme
  • 8 oz or more assorted mushrooms
  • 1 bunch baby kale or any green leafy vegetable (stem removed)
  • 4 eggs (or not for vegan recipe)
  • 2 avocados, sliced
  • Tomatoes
vegan hash plated

Veggie Hash with Egg Breakfast

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Wash and cube potatoes and place on large rimmed baking sheet. Generously drizzle potatoes with olive oil and salt and pepper. Bake for 35 to 45 minutes, turning half way through. While potatoes are baking, sauté onions, red pepper, garlic and thyme in a little olive oil. Once onions are soft add the mushrooms. Once mushrooms are cooked through add kale and cook for just a couple of minutes or until kale is lightly wilted. Remove from heat. Toss potatoes and veggies together. Add a fried, poached or scrambled egg to the top for those wanting the protein. Garnish with avocado and tomato.

For more fun recipes keep an eye on our blog at www.pinecrestbb.com or even better, come visit us at Pinecrest Inn Bed & Breakfast in Asheville. We love fixing up farm fresh breakfasts for our guests and can’t wait to see you all again soon!

Recommended Hiking Trails in Pisgah National Forest

August 30th, 2013 by Stacy Shelley

The Pisgah National Forest covers over 500,000 acres of forested land in and around Asheville. Avid hikers and bikers alike will discover hundreds of miles of trails to suit any taste. If you haven’t explored the Pisgah Forest, then you definitely need to. Some of the Pisgah trails most favored by locals include those at Max Patch, Hot Springs, Bent Creek, Mills River, Graveyard Field and many others. For a quick guide to the best trails based on features, or ease/difficulty of hike visit http://www.hikewnc.info/besthikes/.

A favorite of our Asheville Bed & Breakfast is Max Patch – a good 45-60 minute drive West of Asheville, but well worth the trip.  kids_hikingMax Patch Mountain offers some amazingly scenic hikes, appropriate for children and older individuals. It highest elevation reaches 4,629 feet. The grassy summit is not the highest peak around, but it is considered by some to be the “crown jewel of the Appalachian Trail”. If you want a relatively easy hike to Max Patch, take the moderate, 1.4 mile Short Loop trail. For a more difficult hike, continue another mile on the Long Loop trail. The long range mountain views are simply breathtaking.

For easier hiking just 15 minutes from downtown, head south to Bent Creek. The Bent Creek trail system offers great hiking and mountain biking options, a campground, mountain lake with sandy beach (Powhatan Lake), picnic area, fishing pier and a family recreation area. A great place to spend the day or just take a refreshing walk around the lake to enjoy the beautiful Dogwoods and Mountain Laurel. Bent Creek is adjacent to the NC Arboretum and charges a $5 per vehicle entrance fee to the park.

If you’d rather hike on the north end of town, head up to the trail system in Hot Springs. The famous Appalachian Trail runs right through town. From the trail head, take a hike up to Lovers Leap Ridge for spectacular views of downtown Hot Springs and Spring Creek. The scenic town is also home to natural, hot mineral springs for which the town is named. Take in the therapeutic spring waters after your hike by renting your own private mineral bath at the Hot Springs Resort and Spa and follow it up with a relaxing massage. Now that’s my idea of a satisfying hike!

No matter where you go, you’re sure to enjoy exploring the endless hiking trails in and around Asheville -especially in the Pisgah Forest. Our Asheville Bed & Breakfast is fortunate to be surrounded by so much natural beauty and endless outdoor recreation options. Need trail maps or other recommendations for hiking? Just ask our innkeepers or any member of the Pinecrest Inn staff during your visit. For Inn reservations or more information visit www.pinecrestbb.com. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Our Asheville B&B’s Favorite Coffee Joints

August 21st, 2013 by Stacy Shelley

If you’re visiting our Asheville Inn this summer, you don’t want to miss some of the many great places to grab a cup of gourmet coffee or a hot fresh bagel and take in the local sights and sounds. Here’s our Top 5 Picks for Best Coffee hang-outs in Asheville.

 Izzy’s Coffee Deniz coffee
www.Izzyscoffeeden.com
74 N Lexington Ave
Asheville, NC 28801

Izzy’s in downtown Asheville is a true hipster coffee shop (although they call it a “den”). The brick walls and the dark interior certainly lend themselves to it feeling more like a den. It has a distinctively moody vibe and always smells amazing when you walk in the door. No matter whether you order an Americano, Cappuccino, Latte, Breve or a Homemade Chai, true coffee lovers won’t leave disappointed. In addition to serving superb coffee, Izzy’s has excellent live music, interesting art and lots of other libations too like handcrafted-beers, lemonade and Mimosas.

Fire Storm Café & Books
www.firestorm.coop
48 Commerce St
Asheville, NC 28801

Named as Asheville’s “ultimate Counter Culture cafe” by Asheville Magazine, Fire Storm is more than just a coffee shop and bookstore. It’s a worker owned cooperative that also hosts workshops, film screenings and fund raisers. In addition to getting your caffeine fix, you can also nosh on tasty bagels and gluten free desserts, as well as a wide selection of black, white, green and herbal teas. Having a sweet tooth? Don’t miss Storm’s signature Coconut Cream Breve paired with a brownie topped with Madagascar vanilla ice cream. All we can say is “welcome to a slice of heaven!”

Clingman Café River Arts District
www.clingmancafeasheville.com
242 Clingman Ave
Asheville, NC 28801

This pleasing coffee shop in the heart of the River Arts Districit is one of Asheville’s original coffee houses. The pretty space is filled with natural light, tall ceilings, and all sorts of pottery items from the studio next door. Proudly serving organic coffee and espresso, the Clingman Café may just be the only coffee shop where you can grab a gourmet sandwich and watch the trains go by. If you’re trying to eat light, try the apple, cranberry and arugula salad. Yummy! There’s also a pleasant outdoor patio area with market umbrellas – a nice shady spot to whittle away the afternoon with a gourmet bagel sandwich, a bowl of Granola, or an egg and sausage sandwich…all equally good. If you’re shopping in the River District, be sure to stop in.

High Five Coffee Bar
www.highfivecoffee.com
190 Broadway St
Asheville, NC 28801latte art

Formerly known as the Dripolator, this local favorite specializes in handcrafted espresso and coffee drinks. Known for its cool and uber talented Coffee Culture trained barista staff, the High Five serves an amazing espresso. This is the place for true coffee snobs. Try the Ethiopian or a simple but artfully served latte, sure to please the eye as well as the palette. Just a little tip, try a flavored coffee. High Five makes their own flavored syrups in house to avoid the use of corn syrup. Talk about dedicated to flavor! The location can be a bit hard to find…it’s on the North end of town, right after you pass under 240, located right behind Greenlife Grocery.

Battle Cat Coffee Bar
www.battlecatcoffeebar.com/
341 Haywood Rdbattlecat
Asheville, NC 28806

This hip, but laid back coffee shop in West Asheville is known for its Counter Culture coffee, breakfast tacos and cozy front porch. Grab one of their many specialty coffees like the Café Miel, made with espresso, honey and cinnamon or a Thai Iced Coffee and soak in the vibe. The place is pure West Asheville in all its glory! By most standards, they’ve got some pretty amazing grub too which makes it a great place to just chill and hang out with friends in an unpretentious environment…picnic tables and all.

 

Need more tips on great places to visit while in Asheville? Ask the innkeepers at Pinecrest Inn, one of Asheville’s best kept Bed & Breakfast secrets! While here enjoy a cup of our own fresh brewed coffee on the sun porch or meander out for a morning walk in our peaceful one acre English gardens. Call today for Inn reservations 888-811-3053 or visit www.pinecrestbb.com for more information.

 

 

WNC Farmer’s Markets Delight Visitors from Near and Far

July 19th, 2013 by Stacy Shelley

woman at marketAsheville is synonymous with many things…fresh air, great food, live music and farmers markets just to name a few. The mountains of WNC are home to over two dozen farmer’s markets, tail gate markets and organic farm markets.

No matter what day of the week or time of the year you visit Asheville, you won’t have a problem finding a market with plenty of hand made and locally grown foods to offer. A personal favorite of our Asheville Bed & Breakfast is the Montford Farmer’s Market open May through November from 2-6pm. This mid-week market is convenient to our Inn and close to downtown. This producer-only market provides a wide assortment of sustainably grown fruits and vegetables, flowers, baked goods, wood-fired breads, meats, local made cheeses and hand crafted wares from local artisans.

Don’t have a lot of time or want to catch a market in town? There are many smaller tailgate markets available with just about anything you can imagine from local grown foods and live music, to hand-made clothing from recycled materials. You can find one or more in just about every town. The French Broad Food Coop Tailgate Downtown Market, North Asheville Tailgate Market, Black Market Tailgate Market and West Asheville Tailgate Market are just a few of the many.

Another good option that’s always convenient is the state-owned WNC Farmer’s Market. Open year round, seven days a week the mostly indoor market offers quality fruits and vegetables, mountain crafts, jams, jellies, pickles, slow roasted peanuts, sourwood honey, fresh baked breads and dozens of other farm fresh items. The market is so large, it can easily become a half day trip for avid market goers. Inside is a deli that offers lunch and ice cream so you won’t leave hungry. There’s also an open-air market space where farmers, furniture makers, basket weavers and local vendors of all kinds can display their home-grown and hand-made wares. The market is open daily 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., April-October; 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., November-March.

So many markets so little time! Don’t know which market to visit or when? The Appalachian Sustainable Agricultural Project publishes a Local Food Guide which lists all the farmers markets in the region.

Another great source for local market information is www.ncfarmfresh.com. The directory features a list of pick-your-own farms, roadside markets, and farmers markets throughout the state. Use it to help locate the freshest locally grown fruits, vegetables, christmas trees, ornamental plants, herbs and flowers. So the next time you visit our lovely Asheville Pinecrest Inn, plan a trip to one of our local farmer’s markets to experience all the farm fresh bounty and handcrafted arts of the region.

Planning a visit to Asheville soon? We hope to see you at our Asheville Inn, just a short walk from the Montford Farmer’s Market.  Visit www.pinecrestbb.com for reservations or call 888-811-3053.

Artisan Cheese-making in Western North Carolina

July 15th, 2013 by Stacy Shelley

WNC cheese trailWe recently made a goat cheese and chive breakfast scramble for our Asheville Bed & Breakfast guests. It made me think about how lucky we are to have so many artisan cheese makers right in our own WNC backyard. As it turns out, the time-honored craft of artisan cheese making has experienced a revival the past few years, especially throughout North Carolina. Our state boasts over 40 cheese producers, with about 30-35 of those being artisanal in nature. Artisanal cheese-makers own their own goats or cows and process their cheeses on small, sustainable family farms or local creameries.

Many N.C. cheeses are produced without the use of additives, growth hormones, preservatives or other unnatural ingredients, and are some of the most prized in the nation.  In 2011, Looking Glass Creamery in Fairview was one of only six Artisan Cheese-makers across the country to be featured in Williams Sonoma catalog. Three of their signature cheeses Early Bird, Ellington, and Chocolate Lab were showcased. Ellington is named after the famed art deco architect who designed many of Asheville’s unique buildings. The famed cheese won the Taste Test Awards by Cooking Light in 2011 and brought home second place at the American Cheese Society Conference and Competition last August.

The artisan cheese movement has taken such a strong hold, there is now an official cheese trail (wine lovers eat your heart out!)  The WNC Cheese Trail gives cheese connoisseurs a chance to tour the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina, while sampling some of the finest local cheeses fresh from the farm. Sample cheeses from local favorites like Round Mountain Creamery, Heritage Homestead, Blue Ridge Mountain Creamery, Looking Glass Creamery and more. Whether you prefer Blue, Chevre, Gouda, Brie or something more exotic, the tour will give you the chance to taste a wide variety from soft-ripened pasteurized varieties to hard, aged raw milk cheeses. The distinctive flavor of handcrafted cheese results from the high quality and pure nature of the milk being used and the variety of grasses and herbs used to feed cows and goats. For more information, visit www.wnccheesetrail.vpweb.com.

Now that we’ve got you all geared up for some yummy local WNC cheese, we’ll share one of our favorite Bed & Breakfast recipes with you.

Goat Cheese & Chive Scramble (serves 6)

3 tbsp. stick of butter

18 eggs whisked

2 tbsp. half and half

Good quality goat cheese (to taste)

Half a bunch of chives chopped

Heat large sauté pan over medium high heat and melt butter.  Mix eggs and half and half together and pour into pan. Turn heat down to medium low and cook eggs slowly. Gently push eggs around in pan and keep a close eye on them. When almost set turn off heat and add goat cheese and chives.

For more tasty breakfast ideas or to book a reservation, visit our Asheville Inn at www.pinecrestbb.com.

 

 

Farm to Table Fresh Foods Abound at our Asheville Bed & Breakfast and Around Town

June 24th, 2013 by Stacy Shelley

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Full Sun Farm at the Tailgate Market

Asheville is renowned not only for its culinary diversity and wide selection of independent restaurants, but also for its strong farm to table dining reputation. “Eat Local” isn’t just a slogan in the mountains of Western North Carolina, it’s a way of life.

The area’s rich farm lands contribute a remarkable variety of produce, meat, fish (Trout) and dairy to the local food movement. Food critics and amateur foodies alike, agree they can taste the difference between farm fresh and frozen. There are many advantages of farm to table with the most obvious being the financial benefit to local farmers and growers. Not to mention that local chefs have endless opportunities to create seasonal inspired dishes made with ingredients harvested at their peak. Another great advantage is the freshness of the foods and the abundance of organic and free-range foods available. The area’s strong farm to table movement symbolizes fresh, healthy, and fiscally responsible living – now that’s a win, win in our culinary book.

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Blueberry Slump Cake

Asheville restaurants offering farm to table prepared dishes include Posana, Limones, Table, Seven Sows, Carmels, Blue Ridge Dining Room, Strada, City Bakery, Corner Kitchen, Grovewood Café, Marketplace, Plant, Sazerac, Tupelo Honey, Zambra and many others.

Asheville’s farm to table movement isn’t just for restaurants only. Our Asheville Bed & Breakfast frequents local markets weekly to pick the freshest ingredients for our breakfast dishes, including produce, fruit, bread and local made cheeses. Last week we served blueberry waffles using local blueberries and fresh strawberries with a riccota, yogurt orange sauce - both from Full Sun farm. I also prepared a blueberry slump on Sunday. Yummy!  Hurry over to Asheville, you still have time to get some! Blueberries will be available for several more weeks.

So if you’re looking for free-range or hormone-free meats, local fruits and vegetables, seafood from the Carolina coast, or local made cheeses, look no farther than any of the dozens of markets in and around Asheville. The Montford Tailgate Market and North Asheville Tailgate Markets are a short five minute walk from our Asheville Inn.

Hungry for a farm fresh breakfast? We’re waiting for you! Plan a visit to Pinecrest Bed & Breakfast in Asheville this summer and enjoy recipes made with local grown ingredients. Visit www.pinecrestbb.com for more information or call 888-811-3053 for Inn reservations.

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